College of Business

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business (COB) does more than simply disseminate knowledge; our business college is shaping business thinkers and equipping students with the skills and knowledge to take on leadership roles in business industries and society as a whole. We create business thinkers by challenging them with rigorous curriculum taught by faculty and staff that meet the standards for AACSB International accreditation, the hallmark of excellence in business education.

Located in Northeast Wisconsin, home to thousands of successful businesses, the College of Business has a legacy of strong relationships with those businesses that provides students with a blending of learning and application practices through internships, guest speakers, real-world projects and other activities. The college is large enough to offer a wide variety of majors but small enough to have strong faculty/student relationships.

The College of Business continues to operate under Dean William Tallon. His mission is based upon three strategic imperatives: maintaining and enhancing quality education including AACSB accreditation, growing enrollment wisely and providing innovative and distinctive programs to the people and businesses of Wisconsin.

College News

UW Oshkosh COB welcomed the following new staff in 2012-2013:

  • Rebecca Loehr, Marketing and Events Specialist
  • Abbey Kruse, Executive MBA Program Adviser
  • Kara Helwig, Director of Marketing and Communication

Dr. Peter Mayer completed his time at UWO as visiting professor of Economics from Germany. Dr. Mayer earned his Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt/Main and his undergraduate degrees at Wolfgang-Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany. He also studied business and economics for a year at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He regularly teaches undergraduate economics courses and MBA students at his home institution, Hochschule Osnabrueck, Germany.

The College of Business MBA Program launched its Executive MBA with the formal opening of the Appleton Executive Center. This MBA program path is tailored to the needs of mid- to senior-level executives in a 16-month, Saturday format. Designed to meet the needs of businesses in Wisconsin, this 25- to 30-student cohort system of learning allows business professionals to build collaborative relationships with like-minded peers and become catalysts for change in their organizations. The program focuses on business strategy, leadership and globalization.

The Green Bay Executive Education Center had a change in management. The former Regency Suites Office Building was purchased by Associated Bank and remodeled for use as their new Corporate Office. Professional MBA (part-time evening) classes continue to be held in this location, along with other college and university events. The space has been expanded for shared use with Associated Bank.

The Risk Management and Insurance Program was ranked 15th nationally and has the potential to be in the top 10 in the near future. Since its inception in 2009, the program has grown from 12 students to 72 students!

Jessie Pondell, Professional Development Director, was appointed President of the Wisconsin Association of College and Employers (WI-ACE) in December, 2012.

New programs launched in the College of Business include:

  • Management
  • BBA or BA or BS in Interactive Web Management

Student Achievements, Awards and Activities

Master of Business Administration graduates scored in the top 1 percent of all MBA students who took the ETS MBA Major Field Assessment Test. Thirty UW Oshkosh MBA graduates took the test. There were 225 institutions that participated in the ETS testing with 14,406 students completing the assessment.

In May, Brooke Walczak and Janel Thone were each awarded $500 scholarships toward completion of their MBA. Brooke is a Senior Compensation Analyst for Schneider National and has a 3.89 grade point average since joining the MBA program. Janel is a Regional Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at Marshfield Clinic and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the program to-date. The MBA Advisory Board was instrumental in reviewing applications and selecting the scholarship winners.

53 students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma in 2013. Of the 53 students, 16 were Juniors, 24 were Seniors and 13 were MBA students. One staff member, Patti Wild, was also inducted. Since its 1971 chapter inception, 1,993 members have been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma from UW Oshkosh.

The UW Oshkosh Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma won “Outstanding Chapter” Bronze in 2013. The only UW System chapter to have won this distinction, this award affords us the ability to present one of our current Beta Gamma Sigma students with an additional $1,000 in scholarship dollars that doesn’t have to be matched by the Chapter. It’s a great honor to be recognized for the work that we’ve been doing as a chapter. The UW Oshkosh Beta Gamma Sigma chapter also attained Premier status during 2012-13, and is the only UW System School to have done so, again. UW River Falls attained exemplar status.

Undergraduate Awards and Banquet Luncheon took place on April 21. Awards were distributed to the following individuals:

  • C. Burk Tower, Mayor of the City of Oshkosh, received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award
  • Jeff Koga (BBA 2004), Associate VP for Integrated Product Support of Oshkosh Defense, received the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Tim Greinert (BBA, 1985), President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, received the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award
  • Mike Godfrey received the College of Business Outstanding Faculty Award – a new award created by the College of Business Student Advisory Council and selected by the College of Business students
  • JoAnn Cross received the Beta Gamma Sigma UW Oshkosh Professor of the Year Award

The MBA program awarded scholarships to Brooke Walczak and Subash Shrestha.

The College of Business presented 39 scholarships to 22 undergraduate students from 34 different scholarship funds in the 2012 to 2013 academic year for a total of $33,300 in scholarships. Scholarships were awarded to the following College of Business students:

  • Kiersten Beecroft, Finance
  • Robert Bellile, Accounting and Finance
  • Jenna Bilz, Business
  • Jonathon Brandt, Accounting
  • Casie Brooks, Human Resources and Marketing
  • Jonathan Dudzinski, Accounting and Finance
  • Michelle Farr, Human Resources
  • Tasha Gosselin, Accounting
  • Cori Gumz, Accounting
  • Ross Helein, Accounting
  • Shannon Henry, Supply Chain Management
  • Kade Hewitt, Business
  • Zachary Matthews, Supply Chain Management and Marketing
  • Maria Payant, Accounting
  • Mayur Ranpara, Accounting and Finance
  • Kelsea Raskiewicz, Human Resources and Marketing
  • Jenell Riesner, Marketing and Interactive Web Management
  • Daniel Skinkis, Finance
  • Bandon Smits, Accounting
  • Rachel Springhetti, Finance and Marketing
  • Matthew Stindt, Accounting and Finance
  • Megan Wildish, Accounting

In fall 2013, 15 UW Oshkosh freshmen were selected as Business Scholars. Business scholars are allowed early admittance into the College of Business and invited to special functions within the College.

In fall 2013, 32 College of Business students were selected as Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors are a select group of students who represent the College at events, assist with special projects and serve as a member of the Dean’s Council. They are representative of both the College and its students. Only students with more than 45 credits and an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher are invited to apply and Ambassadors are selected via a peer review process.

In September, 2013, the College of Business, with the assistance of many regional businesses and UW Oshkosh Career Services, hosted its eighth annual Business Networking Night at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Nearly 750 undergraduate students and 200 professionals from more than 50 businesses participated in the event. The event is a requirement for College of Business undergraduate students, helping to foster the development of students’ professional skills.

In fall 2013, there were 15 students that participated in the Student Managed Endowment Fund (SMEF) program that had more than $550,000 in managed assets divided among six portfolios. The SMEF program began in 2000 and is designed to strengthen and broaden students’ academic experience by providing hands-on investment management experience. Students actively manage the portfolios by developing and revising each portfolio’s investment policy statement (IPS), including each portfolio’s target asset allocation, evaluating numerous financial assets and investment strategies, implementing appropriate investment strategies, monitoring and rebalancing each portfolio relative to its IPS and evaluating the performance of each portfolio and individual holding. The students who participate in the program make all of the portfolio-related decisions. The SMEF program is advised by Drs. Stephen Huffman and Kristine Beck.

During 2012 to 2013, the College of Business was engaged in 169 partnerships with businesses and organizations in Northeast Wisconsin that hosted co-operative education or internship opportunities to 433 students.

The College of Business graduated 131 undergraduate business students in Fall 2012 and 219 undergraduate business students in Spring, 2013.

Teaching, Scholarship and Service

New faculty to the College of Business in 2012 included:

  • Dr. Yuyun Sejati, Accounting
  • Dr. Christopher Jones, Accounting
  • Dr. Benjamin Artz, Economics
  • Dr. April Spivack, Management and Human Resources

The following Faculty Development Fund Research Awards were granted to College of Business faculty in 2011-2012:

  • Dr. Dattaraj Kamalapurkar, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, for the project Impact of Forecast Errors in Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment
  • Dr. Tanvi Kothari, Management and Human Resources, for the project Lessons to Learn from the Rising Stars
  • Dr. Birgit Leisen Pollack, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, for the project Moderators of Satisfaction-Retention
  • Dr. Chad Cotti and M. Ryan Haley, Economics, for the project Quantifying the Effectiveness of the Winnebago County Misdemeanor Drug Diversion Program
  • Dr. Nathan Stuart, Accounting, for the project Contract Frame and Employee Effort
  • Dr. Maureen Mascha, Accounting, for the project Sustainability Reporting

The following Faculty Development Fund Teaching Awards were granted to College of Business faculty in 2011-2012:

  • Dr. Bruce Niendorf, Finance and Business Law, for the project Turning Case-Based Classes Upside Down
  • Dr. Barbara Rau, Management and Human Resources, for the project Quantitative Applications in Human Resource Management
  • Drs. M. Kevin McGee and M. Ryan Haley, Economics, for the project A Flexible Electronic Statistics Review Chapter for Upper Level Research Courses

In the 2012 to 2013 Academic Year, there were 37 journal articles, journal citations, books, book chapters, conference proceedings or editorships published or completed among a combined 31 College of Business faculty. Additionally, there were 23 journal articles, journal citations, books, book chapters, conference proceedings or editorships that were accepted for future publication or editing among 19 faculty in the 2012 to 2013 Academic Year.

Twenty-one College of Business faculty presented at 31 professional or conference presentations in the 2012 to 2013 academic year

Dr. William Wresch, Associate Dean for the College of Business, took 14 students to Fulda, Germany from December 30, 2012 – January 13, 2013.

Outreach Education

During FY 2012, the UW Oshkosh Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided no-cost consulting over 194 small business owners and entrepreneurs, delivering over 332 counseling sessions. Through this assistance, SBDC consultants supported eight business start-ups and more than $3 million in capital formation for small businesses in the region. In addition to one-on-one consulting, the UW Oshkosh SBDC delivered more than 363 hours of training to 54 program attendees and created 112 jobs.

Also, during 2012-2013, the following took place:

  • Colleen Merrill took over as director January 2013
  • Colleen Merrill attended the National Business Incubator Association conference in Ft Worth Texas to finalize her Incubator Management Certification
  • Colleen Merrill attended the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers in Kansas City
  • The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation launched their student lab and has 37 student applications for use of resources
  • Colleen Merrill was selected to particpate in the Academy for Leadership and Innovation

The SBDC has developed strong relationships with many legislators from our area. We brought a Senator Rick Gudex, Representative Michael Schraa, Gordan Hintz and local small business together for a round table discussion. Russian delegates were brought to campus to learn more about the student business lab created by the SBDC. Serbian delegates were brought to campus to learn more about small business development.
The Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF) is a partnership of 36 family businesses, 10 professional service organizations and the UW Oshkosh College of Business. WFBF interacted with participants businesses several times during 2012-2013. The WFBF is the oldest family business center in the State of Wisconsin, founded in 1996.

Highlights from WFBF include:

Seven (7) education programs were held for members including:
1. Facilitation Training
2. Social Media in the Workplace
3. Social Media: LinkedIn Overview
4. Going Behind the Curtain of Family Business Transition
5. How the Results of the Election will Affect My Family Business
6. Enterprising Family A Cohesive Family is Your Strongest Asset
7. Annual Spring Celebration: Guest Speaker, Tom Boldt, Boldt Construction

Five hundred seventy nine (579) people attended these educational programs from 92 different businesses.

WFBF held 38 peer group meetings during 2012-2013. Two hundred four (204) people participated throughout the year from 31 businesses. Peer groups provide participants an opportunity to discuss critical issues and problems confronting family businesses as well as a chance to assist with creative ways to solve these issues.

A Family Business Education (FBE) series was offered in 2012-2013 for the third time. Eighteen (18) people participated from 15 businesses. FBE consists of seven (7) sessions held on the second Wednesday of the month from October through April. The topics discussed were:

  • Defining the Family Business
  • Family Business Governance
  • Strategic Planning in a Family Business
  • Project management
  • Sustainability
  • Business Management
  • Legal Liability
  • Banking
  • Human Resources
  • Evolving Ownership in the Family Business
  • Evolving Leadership in the Family Business
  • Managing Culture, Change, and Conflict

The 17th Annual Dinner Celebration was held at the Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton on May 6, 2013. The dinner celebration included a guest speaker, Tom Boldt from The Boldt Company, as well as networking opportunities, awards & recognitions, and a silent auction, where proceeds benefited the WFBF Scholarship Fund. One hundred twenty six (126) people from 26 businesses attended the dinner celebration.

The following WFBF members received Five-Year Membership/Sponsorship Awards:

  • Bahcall Rubber Company, Inc., Kaukauna, WI
  • Davis & Kuelthau, s.c., Oshkosh, WI
  • DeLeers, Inc., De Pere, WI
  • J. Stadler Machine, Inc., Oshkosh, WI
  • McClone Insurance Group, Menasha, WI
  • P&S Investment Company, Inc., Green Bay, WI
  • Printco, Inc., Omro, WI

The following WFBF member received 15-Year Membership/Sponsorship Awards:

  • Marion Body Works, Inc., Marion, WI

WFBF named Bud Simpson, Jim Simpson, and Curt Ignacio of Marion Body Works, Inc., as 2013 Forum Fellows. Forum Fellows are recognized as those who have made a significant contribution to the WFBF. Forum Fellows in 2012 were Joe Kobussen of Kobussen Buses, Ltd., and Jane Sweasy of JAG Outdoor Advertising, Inc.

WFBF presented a scholarship to Jenna Bilz, a human resource management major, and a Spanish minor who will graduate in 2015.

There was more than $5,000 raised at the WFBF’s silent auction in 2013. Proceeds of the silent auction go toward the Forum’s Endowment scholarship fund, which is managed by the Student Managed Endowment Fund (SMEF). As of July 31, 2013, the WFBF fund’s value exceeded $51,000.

WFBF Board Members for 2012-2013 included:

  • Deb Allison-Aasby, Principal Financial Group
  • Nicole Bahn, 1st National Bank NA
  • Deanne Bremer, Badger Mining Corporation
  • David Gneiser, Fond du Lac Bumper Exchange, Inc.
  • Mandi Hinrichs, FLASH
  • Phil Janes, Janesco, Inc.
  • Jason Lasky, Sadoff & Rudoy Industries LLP
  • Andy Mugerauer, Schenck SC
  • Jerome Ramus, Associated Bank
  • Tony Renning, Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.
  • Jane Sweasy, JAG Outdoor Advertising, Inc.
  • Bill Tallon, UW Oshkosh College of Business

Alumni Relations and Internal Community-Building

The College of Business sponsored “Summerfest – CEO Style” on June 26, 2013. The event included guest speaker and alumni Todd Teske ‘87, CEO of Briggs & Stratton and special guest and alumni Don Smiley ’84, CEO of Summerfest.

The College of Business awarded Todd Teske ’87, chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton, the Outstanding Alumni award in 2012. Teske was also recognized as a 2012 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Distinguished alumnus.

The College also recognized Alston Reece ’03 & MBA ’05, Manager S2P for Process and Development at Rockwell Automation as Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2012.

The College of Business welcomed 32 alumni to its Annual Distinguished Alumni Luncheon on October 12, 2012, at the Waters in Oshkosh.

The College of Business created new donor recognition levels. Donors who contribute $25,000 or more will be recognized as Executive Level Donors and donors who contribute $1 million cumulatively will be recognized at the Platinum level in the Dean’s Circle. The College also allows donors to contribute individual department gift funds and as sponsors to the various Centers of Excellence.